Assumption Catholic Church
in Eden Valley, MN
churchoftheassumptionedenvalley.org
  

Outreach Ministries

We are His hands of justice when we advocate for the poor and outcasts, feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the imprisoned, and recognize the dignity of each person.  We stay focused on loving God, loving God’s people, developing holy friendships, following Jesus, renewing our lives, and cherishing our rural tradition.

SERVE, GET INVOLVED . . . I WANT TO BE A SAINT!

Mother Theresa Mission Group:  Make quilts to send to the St. Cloud Mission Office.  The St. Cloud Mission Office is responsible for the global outreach of the St. Cloud Diocese.  The mission office is also in need of money (for shipping), so quilts and embroidered dish towels are also sold to parishioners as requested.  The   Mother Theresa Mission Group meets on Mondays at 1:00 during the school year and every other Monday in the summer.  Many different types of quilts are completed and all levels of quilters are welcome, including those with zero experience!  Fabric donations are always welcome and can be dropped off in the basement of the church.  Parishioners are also encouraged to purchase quilts and dish towels at any time (call) or at their December sale. 

40 Days for Life: 40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil, and community outreach to end abortion.  Parishioners are encouraged to participate in 40 Days for Life and turn hearts and minds to a culture of life.  

Meeker County Jail- Let’s Talk: One of the corporal works of mercy is to visit the imprisoned.  The Let’s Talk program occurs every Tuesday evening 7-9 PM at the Meeker County Jail in Litchfield and on Monday evenings 7-9 PM at the Stearns County Jail in St. Cloud.  During the visit, parishioners talk with the residents about their faith and life stories.  

Residents Encounter Christ: The REC vision is to provide healing opportunities for the inmates, their families, and friends.  Volunteers desire to grow stronger in faith and discernment of the vision God has intended.  REC is a two day retreat for jail or prison residents.  During the retreat, participants experience the message of Christ through participation in music, discussions, talks, prayers, Scripture, liturgy, and celebration.  The dates vary, but the website, cm-rec.org will have specific information.  

St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Council: The Council is under Catholic United Financial.   Catholic United Financial connects Catholics to insurance and retirement savings products, such as a CD, 401(k), or IRA.  However, anyone can be on the council, regardless if you have any CUF products.  Catholic United Financial supports councils in unifying their parishes.  The members celebrate corporate communion once a year, which means members and their families sit together in church at Mass.  Catholic United Financial gives parishes money based on council membership, hours of parishioner volunteer work, and offers a matching grant program.  The Council has provided treat bags for St. Nicholas Day, a pizza party for the altar servers, and donations to other programs.  


SERVANT LEADERSHIP, GET MORE INVOLVED . . .

I HAVE A VISION!

Please contact the parish office (453-2788 orassumptionev@meltel.net), if you would like to be a leader.

The Mother Theresa Mission Group Coordinator is responsible for gathering supplies, communicating with other quilters, organizing the quilt sale, and sending donations to the St. Cloud Mission Office.   For more information or to help quilt, contact Barb Hartkopf, 453-5631.

The 40 Days for Life Coordinator works to develop a pro-life attitude among all people.  The coordinator prays, cares for women, and works on public policy.  For more information or to volunteer for 40 Days for Life, contact Judy Haag, 309-6877, judy4life@meltel.net.

The Let’s Talk Coordinator invites and leads parishioners who are interested in going to the Meeker County Detention Center in Litchfield.  For more information or to visit the residents, contact Tom Mathies, 453-7943, toma2@meltel.net.

The REC Coordinator invites and guides parishioners who are interested in going to serve Residents Encountering Christ.  For more information, contact P.J. Connors at 761-6844, connors56@meltel.net or visit the REC website at cm-rec.org.

St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Council Officers work with the Catholic United Financial representative and take responsibility for the donations and the activities.  All parishioners are invited to join the St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Council.  For more information or to join, contact
Pat Arnold, 453-2853, pat.arnold@meltel.net
Charlotte Vossen, 453-5421
Mary Lou Ruhland, 453-5115, marylouruhland@gmail.com
Shirlee Linn, 453-6125 

Clothing Drive: Love of neighbor, grounded in the love of God, is first and foremost a responsibility of each member of the faithful.  Part of loving our neighbors is giving them the necessary items to live a dignified life.  The winter clothing drive at the beginning of Advent is for Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis who serve the poor in the metro area.  The leader picks a start and end date, communicates needs, keeps clothing donations orderly, and delivers the donations to Sharing and Caring Hands.  Parishioners are encouraged to be generous in donating clothing items. 

Community Food Shelf: The food shelf benefits hungry families right here in our local community.  Feeding the hungry is part of being a Christian.  Assumption Church, Church of God, St. Paul’s Lutheran, and Peace United Church share responsibility for the food shelf during the year.  The Food Shelf Leader communicates needs, collects food shelf donations, gives the donations to the food shelf, and schedules staff for the food shelf.  Parishioners are encouraged to be generous in donating items or money to the food shelf.  For more information, contact Pat Arnold, 453-2853, pat.arnold@meltel.net.

Local Fresh Vegetables Coordinator: Many of the parishioners have ample garden produce that can be shared with others in the parish.  The coordinator sets up and maintains an exchange site for local food.  Parishioners are encouraged to bring food in to share and to take food home to use.  For more information, contact Tom & Mary Ann Ruhland, 453-2575.

Photographer/ Publisher: The message about Jesus is good news, and like all good news, it should be shared.  We reach out to others by sharing our stories.  The photographer/publisher is responsible for taking photographs and writing stories.  These pictures and stories should be shared with the greater community. 

Seder Meal Coordinator: Recount and symbolically relive the Exodus and the events preceding it (as asked of us by God) on Holy Thursday evening.  Children and adult readers tell the Exodus story.  The Seder Meal Coordinator prepares a Seder meal and invites all parishioners to the meal, which should be relaxed and filled with good company.  Parishioners are encouraged to partake in the Seder Meal.  For more information, contact Helen Theis, 453-6681.

Memorial Day Coordinator: On Memorial Day weekend, we remember the people who died in the military while serving their country.   We honor the men and women who have given their lives fighting to protect the common good of humankind: freedom.  An invitation should be extended to the families of parish service members who have died.  A member of the family should be invited to come forward to light a candle during the roll call.  Contact someone to play taps after the roll call.  Communicate with decorators, ushers, greeters, and musicians. 

50+Years of Marriage Celebration Coordinator: Marriage is an institution made by God and sacred because a covenant to God has been fulfilled.  Recognize and celebrate with all couples and their families who are celebrating 50 years or more of marriage.  Communicate with the pastor, decorators, parish staff, and musicians.  Pick a date, invite the couples and their families, contact one of the couples to tell a story of a hardship that was overcome during their marriage, and plan anything else that would make the day special for all the honored couples.  All couples married 50 years or more are encouraged to invite their families to share in this day.  The couples should sit in the reserved seating in the front of church.  Any parishioners who have been married 50 years or more should participate.  For more information, contact the Christian Women officers.

Campfire Coordinator: Plan and support social activity among fellow parishioners and invite nonmembers and less-active adults to participate.  Pick a date, advertise, and provide activities for adults, youth, and children.  All parishioners are encouraged to participate in the Campfire activity and invite friends of any faith to join us.  For more information, contact Chad & Sarah Field, 453-2866, cnsfield@msn.com.

First Responders Coordinator: First Responders show charity for humankind as they make sacrifices every day in the line of duty to serve others.  An invitation should be extended to the First Responders and their families.  Plan a special recognition for the First Responders in our community.   Communicate with decorators, ushers, greeters, and musicians. 

Pet Blessing Coordinator: This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures and to celebrate the bond of creation.  On the weekend nearest the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, a pet blessing should be arranged.  An invitation should be extended to all parishioners and a prayer and/or song should be arranged.  Parishioners are invited to bring in a pet for the blessing.  For more information, contact Laura Ruhland, 291-6251. 

Veterans Day Coordinator: American’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and it is never too late to thank them, pray for them, and pray for peace.  An invitation should be extended to the Veterans and their families.  Plan a special recognition for the veterans, living and dead, in our community.  Communicate with decorators, ushers, greeters, and musicians. 

Christmas Celebration Coordinator: The men’s group and Christian women’s group gather in December to celebrate and discuss the upcoming year’s goals.  The coordinator picks a date, invites the men’s and women’s groups, and plans the celebration.  Men’s group and women’s group members are encouraged to participate in the celebration.  For more information, contact Bertie Weinmann, 453-6670.

Parishioner Appreciation Supper Coordinator: Many, many parishioners volunteer and carry out the mission of Assumption Parish.  These parishioners are recognized and thanked for the service to the church, local community, and world.  The leader works with parish staff to select a date, time, and place for the supper.  The leader is in charge of the supper, entertainment, and “appreciation.”  All those who serve in the parish are encouraged to attend the appreciation supper. 

Welcoming Committee: Personally reach out to new parishioners and establish connections to the Church and other members.  New parishioners include those who moved into the area, those who joined the Catholic Church, those who transferred from another local church, and those who were children, but now would like to become adult members of the parish.  The welcoming committee will need to work with parish staff to collect contact information. For more information, contact Ruth Holdvogt, 290-5183, artnruth.holdvogt@gmail.com.

Baking Committee: The baking committee is available to bake as needed.  They may be called to provide baked goods for meetings, classes, celebrations, or work groups.  If any group needs baked goods for an activity, the baking committee should be contacted at least 1 week prior and the order given.  For more information, contact the Christian Women officers.

Sewing Committee: The sewing committee is available to sew as needed.  They may be called to sew, alter, or repair costumes.  If any group needs sewing or alterations for an activity, the sewing committee should be contacted at least 2 weeks prior and the needs described.  For more information, contact the Christian Women officers.